We Are All the Same
The extraordinary story of the little South African boy whose bravery and fierce determination to make a difference despite being born with AIDS has made him the human symbol of the world's fight against the disease, told by the veteran American journalist whose life he changed.
This is the amazing story of a young South African Zulu boy named Nikosi, whose HIV-positive mother inadvertently passed on the virus to him in the womb. This story interweaves Nikosa’s struggle to survive with South Africa’s terrible history of its treatment of blacks and its road to recovery. The book constructs the historical and environmental context for the rapid spread of the HIV virus in the country, describing how the Zulu homeland, along with that of other groups, was taken ...more
He survived many great obstacles to grow into boy who helped combat the ignorance, both innocent and wanton, t ...more
This book is a narrative of two families' interconnection--one Zulu, and one Anglo South African. The politics of South Africa and, to a lesser degree, of HIV infection, are interwoven with the families' narrative as it focuses on Nkosi, one South African boy living with HIV.
One senses not only that this is a book meant for the general, lay reader, and that the author had a limited kind of permission, emotionally, with his subjects. That is, the intensity of the subject, and the ...more
From Publishers Weekly
The author, an award-winning senior correspondent for ABC News, has written an extraordinarily movin ...more
By Jim Wooten
Reviewed by Alina Oswald
He is the Zulu boy who carries his mother's virus and who, because of his mother's last brave and selfless act before her death, ends up in the care of Gail Johnson, a white South African woman in charge of an AIDS hospice for white patients. Soon, Gail becomes Nkosi's foster mother and, together, they make history: they succeed in pursuing the authorities to allow HIV positive children to go ...more
Wooten tells the story of Nkosi Johnson, a boy born in South Africa with the infected HIV virus. While Wooten tells his story, the reader learns the tragedies South African citizens had to go through because of the government’s denial of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Their stubborn refusal to actively search for a solution not only stonewalled progressive research, it allowed HIV & AIDS to grow exponentially. This source gi ...more
Everyone should read this book.
care of the boy as they make the war on AIDS known.
I read a lot & am an impatient reader--I didn't like reading all the statistics in the book but
that's just me; it's written by a reporter in a re ...more